The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Everyman's Library)

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The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom ...

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Overview

The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets.

This Everyman’s edition–containing in one volume all three cantos, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso–includes an introduction by Nobel Prize—winning poet Eugenio Montale, a chronology, notes, and a bibliography. Also included are forty-two drawings selected from Botticelli's marvelous late-fifteenth-century series of illustrations.

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“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679433132
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Everyman's Library Series
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 94,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    unnecessarily florid...

    I generally find Mandelbaum's translations to be excessively wordy and this work is no exception. It is as if his sole goal is to sound grand. And he succeeds, in this at least, but often the verbosity detracts from the meaning of what the reader is reading... too many pretty words jammed together so tightly that the screen they're supposed to form form winds up opaque. I'd suggest the Longfellow translation for a more pared approach that still manages to maintain Dante's magnificence, or even Ciardi - the people I've spoken to seem to have a love/hate opinion about his work, but I find it alluring.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

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    an excellent journey through hell it was!!

    I have read this book once, with distinct depiction and the help of end-notes, I was able to comprehend a great deal. This book is marvelous, i never thought someone so sophisticated can describe hell through words and thoughts. I recommend this book to any individual interested in deep, portraying fantasy. A great journey through hell it was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Awesome

    Simply awesome...a must read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    Awesome, inferno anyway

    Inferno is just beautiful. The poetry is easy to understand and actually scary at times. But purgatory is much harder to read and it is boring every now and then. I haven't read paradise yet but i don't really have much hope for it equaling the elegance and imagery of Inferno. And not being religious like myself you can still have a good time reading it (mainly inferno).

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    Dante's Exploration Underread

    Excellent translation of a classic work. Good reminder of the evil that Dante saw in his own time and why. However as you read through it you begin to creatively consider a book about the characters from the last 100 years that might inhabit hell in our own time. Different cast of characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    Raul a very young writer

    This book is great. It describes everything so brilliantly! The best parts are the inferno and purgatory. And the whole idea that Vergil wants to save Dante from hell because he is fallowing reason instead of faith is great! I recomend this to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Genius...all there is to say.

    I havn't read the book yet, but I've heard of it and read some of it. I am into all of the hell, purgatory, and paradise(heaven) stuff so I'm sure when I get it, which will be in like a week, I will be very satisfied.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    The greatest book EVER!

    I read this for my own pleasure and not for a stupid class or anything. And I found that Is by far one of the greatest veiws on hell, purgatory and paradise or heaven if you want to call it that. But alot of non religious non catholic people might not understand some of it. But I sure did. It scared the beejeeses out of me and gave me a new look on life...on love...and on how I live. This is a must read for anyone going threw a hard time. Or even if your interested in things like hell and prugatory. PREACH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    evil at its best.

    This series of writing by Dante are astounding.Anyone who wants to expand upon their perception of the afterlife,sin and even paradise.The charcters are represented in a way i don't think anyone deserve to miss especially 'Belasco'or Bescatello D'Floratine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    Ancient Poetry Lover

    This book gave insight to what Dante thought was hell, heaven, and between. It is one of the most famous if not the most famous epic poem of all time. It is much better in Italian if you are looking for the rhyming sector of it. It is a very good story and a must read for any advanced reader or Italian poetry lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    Hell has never sounded so cool.

    I never thought Hell and sin and soul cleansing could be this interesting. If you like dark, twisted literature, you need to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2000

    Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Everyman's Library)

    This is by far the most wonderfully crafted and creative stories I have ever read. It covers broad interests; theology, middle-age politics, science fiction, and many more. It is a book for everybody,in every generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2000

    Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Everyman's Library)

    Dante's creative tale of a journey through hell, purgatory, and paradise is absolutely fascinating. The mysticism, irony, and the author's skill in conveying to the readers images of a world so utterly amazing make The Divine Comedy one of the best books ever written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Twist!

    This is a must read for anyone involved in any type of literature. Is just plain great!

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